Wales have decided to bring in Gloucester flanker Ross Moriarty after winger Eli Walker was released from the  World Cup squad because of a hamstring injury. Photograph:   Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Ospreys wing Eli Walker has been released from Wales’ World Cup squad due to a hamstring injury. Walker was called into the 31-man party earlier this (...)

Wales boss Warren Gatland has defended his decision to play Leigh Halfpenny in his side’s final World Cup warm-up game against Italy. Photograph: Reuters 1:23

Warren Gatland has defended his decision to play Leigh Halfpenny against Italy, even though the Wales full-back had a bandaged right knee that gave wa(...)

Wales’ Rhys Webb has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: PA

Mike Phillips has been called up to the Wales squad after the scrum-half Rhys Webb was officially ruled out of the Rugby World Cup. Webb, last season(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt faces a number of difficult decisions when it comes to selecting his squad for the World Cup. 2:54

Some celebrated outside backs are likely to miss out on the Ireland 31-man squad when it is submitted to the World Cup organisers by 5pm on Monday. No(...)

Jamie Heaslip of Ireland charges upfield during the International match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

So Pool D runners-up will be playing New Zealand on 17th October. Ahhh. But Pool D winners will have the reward of Argentina a day later. Neither Irel(...)

Keith Earls breaks with the ball to score an Ireland try during the international match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

Wales 21 Ireland 35 The slickness of this performance was testimony to the coaching skills of Joe Schmidt and his staff, and the trademark(...)

Simon Zebo is congratulated by three other Ireland try scorers, Jamie Heaslip, Felix Jones and Keith Earls after his score against Wales at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: PA

Wales 21 Ireland 35 The final scoreline, if anything, flattered Wales. Ireland were way more cohesive than a Welsh team cobbled together from World Cu(...)

Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip in relaxed mood with head coach Joe Schmidt during the captain’s run at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

As Jamie Heaslip noted, time was when players re-introduced themselves to the game with a modest pre-season friendly for their provinces, maybe a leag(...)

Wales assistand coach Shan Edwards has said Saturday’s World Cup warm-up fixture against Ireland is a trip into the unknown. Photograph: Getty

Shaun Edwards admits Wales’ opening World Cup warm-up game against Ireland has an element of journeying into the unknown. After two months of training(...)

Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby: “This isn’t about development, it’s about going to a World Cup.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Without wishing to rake up old wounds, Simon Easterby yesterday conceded that with regard to selection for the forthcoming warm-up matches and the Wor(...)